Jivan van der Ende (1993, NL)
My artistic practice consists of installations, performances and publications. I try to question the status given to objects, whether artifacts or utensils.
My method is based on the act of endless combining, documenting, collecting and (re)searching.
My main subject is how combinations of colour and material are associated with political power structures and social roles. I use this historical and cultural research to question their power and decontextualize their meanings. One of my visual references are archetypes in costume, i.e. the characters of the police- and garbagemen materialized in my performances, collages and publications.
The studio is where I process my research on a personal level an link it to my personal history; for example the power of textiles to form identities.
My work takes a physical and participative viewer into consideration. I aim for an intimate encounter with an audience, where the meaning of the work is often influenced by their own intentions.
I constantly rework these themes in my studio, as a constant exercise of experiments in process. For this reason I view my work more as a practice than a production of things.